5 signs that it’s time to look for a new job
1. You dread Mondays
And Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays but love Fridays. If you no longer derive joy from your job, it’s time to ask yourself some tough questions. If you have a pit in your stomach on Sunday nights, then this is a sign that something is wrong. According to a recent poll (http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canadians-top-job-satisfaction-survey-1.2430864) 64% of Canadians either love their job or like it. Lots of people derive joy from their jobs, why not you?
2. You no longer care
You feel less and less engaged. You feel like a number and are treated as such. If you are no longer putting in the time and effort to do a great job, your motivation might be waning. What you need to do is try to identify why this is happening. Is this temporary or has this been happening for a long time? If it’s temporary then perhaps it’s fixable but if this is permanent and long-term, then a hard decision must be made.
3. You are spending more and more time on job boards
If you are on job boards during the day instead of doing your job that is a clear sign that something’s wrong. Many employees will go on a job board out of curiosity but when you are actively searching, this goes beyond curiosity. Of course, if you are applying to those jobs then you have probably mentally “checked out”.
4. You are being left out of important meetings that directly concern you
If you find yourself outside looking in you need to find out why. If your previously invited to certain meetings but now “it’s no longer necessary that you attend”, you may be getting shut out. Has something changed? Has upper management changed? Has your performance suffered?
5. You have been given an ultimatum
If you are on performance plan that is impossible to meet, then the writing is on the wall. If your boss has given you written warning of what needs to happen by a certain date, be sure that this is very loud warning bell.
There are ups and downs in every job. If there are more ups than downs then you’re probably ok. If you are living several of these 5 points then there is a problem that needs addressing. Remember what you loved about this job when you took it. Can you get back to the joy? Donb’t wait until it’s irreversible.